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SuBScRiPt 01-26-2005 01:43 PM

Hey everyone, :D

I need some advise ppl, hope somebody can help me.

I am going to build my own house on a plot of land that i am going to buy.

what worries me the most will be the foundations and basement of the house.

Could some body please give me a couple of pointers and tips on how i should go about this, i have done a fair amount of studies on all aspects of building but have never done a lot of the practical, wont stop me though, lol, but i do want to make sure i do every thing right.

The house will consist of a basement which will not be fully underground, so as to leave space for small windows just above ground level, the garage and parking area will also be underground with the basement.

There will then be the ground floor and a 1st floor above that.

The measurements of the out side of the hse will be about 12m by 12m, with all floors including the basement following these measurements, if you know what i mean.

Please advise as to if i should take on the task of digging the space for the base ment and foundations my self, and actually construct the foundations my self also, as i wish to keep costs down by doing every thing my self.

Any advise or webpage links that might help will be greatly appreshiated.

Thanks SuB :cool:

Glasshousebltr 01-28-2005 05:58 PM

We call that half in the ground with a drive in garage, a 'walkout'.

Your foundation is in many aspects the most important part of the house. Proceed carefully.

Where are you located?


SuBScRiPt 02-02-2005 02:53 AM

Cheers BoB

Well im located on the south of spain, I Think im gonna have to get some pros in to have a look at the land, see how far they can dig, and what type of foundation i will be using, The thing that bothers me is the water supply, and drainage, which will need to be installed some where down there whilst work is being carried out on the foundations....

Now Im not sure what stages i should reach before starting on the drains, or vice versa.

Basically i would like to get my hands on some plans and see the different stages of drainage and foundations and understand how they intertwine and are constructed as one, i may be wrong and drainage would come after the main foundations are built, please correct me if im wrong.

I am very excited about starting to build my own house, i think every body should do it, It turns out so cheap, unbelivable, and a hobbie at the same time. I hope to go back to collage this coming september to start my a level construction theory just for back up ;)

Any help will be appreshiated

Thanks for the reply.

SuBScRiPt 02-02-2005 02:57 AM

P.S BOB those are some nice jobs on some beutiful houses, just what im looking for but also i was hoping to have the house made from Brick not wood construction, i like the idea of the good old english solid brick house, but please advise.

Thanks again

Nice pics

Glasshousebltr 02-03-2005 02:20 PM

Southern Spain, isn't that where the girls run naked on the beach? :D

If your going to this yourself, better buy a transit. Also pay real close attention to the brick ledge on whatever foundation plan you can find in a library. The ledge needs to be as close to perfect as you can get. That will assist you later while laying the brick.

Also check with your local code on your footing. Here we normally pour our footing a foot deep for a brick home.


SuBScRiPt 03-02-2005 04:09 AM

U R The Man

p.s yes they run naked, oh yes how they run naked ( day dreams) ahhhhh

when the house is builst u can come over and see the anked chicks, i mean its wicked, they just run around my land naked all day!!!! round and round, lololol

cheers again :eek:

jonneybbob 03-10-2005 01:06 PM

could be better to excavate the area of the house down to level needed. put concreat
raft reinforced whith steele mess.put drains in raft. the floor in garage area to be 150mm below internal basement FFL for fire. build brick or block footing 13 inch walls to
ground level DPC internal basement to be tank in ashphelt. this way better job all round
reduce walls at dpc 11inch all the best jonneybbob

boogie 03-11-2005 04:41 PM

that would be one construction site that would be hard :D to get any work done . but i bet all working on that site would show up on time if not early to work :D

Ben kiemele 03-11-2005 10:16 PM

before you dig you should do a soil test to see what kind of ground your in, here in canada we have to drill piles sometimes up to 30 feet deep, to support the foundation.If your buiding a walkout basement your foundation onthe side should step down according to the final grade the proceed laying brick on top of it to level of to the proper height on the back. Here in alberta we still do woodframe then lay bricks on outside,with tyvek or typar behind. that way we have something level to go with,also giving woodframe wallls for drywall, electrical, insulation,ect.Also we use tar on outside of foundation, up to final grade,then weeping tile around foundation covered with clean gravel, running to a sump in basement then pumped out away from the house to city drainage or a field if in the country.

jproffer 03-12-2005 06:55 AM

I think if it were me, I would contract out the foundation, then do my own building on top of that. It's just too important for the foundation to be plumb, square, level, exact, etc. Nothing against your abilities, but just to be sure, I think that's how I would go about it.

My opinion, HTH :)

toolbag 03-19-2005 10:25 AM


Originally Posted by SuBScRiPt

p.s yes they run naked, oh yes how they run naked ( day dreams) ahhhhh

when the house is builst u can come over and see the anked chicks, i mean its wicked, they just run around my land naked all day!!!! round and round, lololol

cheers again :eek:

Subscript, how is your foundation coming along? If you get a chance, post some pictures, and if you happen to accidentally get some pictures of the naked chicks running around, well I guess that would be Ok too.

SuBScRiPt 04-06-2005 05:12 PM

Thanks A Million
Thank you all for you input and posts,

I have been away for a while so this post is a little late :eek:

When i decide what i want exactly, which is a hard thing to do, ill post some pics of the up and coming home to be, and my ticket to the propperty ladder, loololol ;)

Is it true that porpertys will start to loose immense value soon???? I hear something is happening.

Thanks again

SuB :cool:

Teetorbilt 04-06-2005 09:35 PM

I have a cousin that lives outside of Barcelona, we aren't real close. I was close to my uncle who spent a lot of time over there and just recently passed. He never mentioned any imminent economic collapse.

British Building 05-25-2005 01:01 PM

Hello Subscript

Good for you, but pay for a briefing from a local groundwork on regs etc, maybe offer to work for free for a couple of days if you haven't done this work before yourself.

Remember, buried alive with no one around under 5 tonnes of Spanish muck is no fun so remember to shore up the sides of the footings where necessary.

Best Regards

British Building

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